South Africa Holidays: Luxury Vacation
Spectacular landscapes, magnificent game-viewing, great cultural and historical traditions are standard fare on a South African vacation but if you want a touch of glamour and luxury, pick a destination that offers gourmet cuisine, superb personalized service, knowledgeable guides, opulent accommodation and luxury transportation.
Luxury Safaris: There are several private reserves near Kruger National Park that offer superlative services. For instance, reserves near the Sand River offer close-up game-viewing opportunities as the wildlife moves between the different parks and reserves. Services of talented and experienced guides, a luxury lodge with world-class facilities, spas and wellness centers, pools, gyms and fine-dining restaurants, with visits to a local village to shop for gorgeous ethnic jewelry and handicrafts are offered here. If you want a traditional tented safari experience, there are luxury campsites near Orpen Gate, on the banks of the Timbavati River, which offer state-of-the-art luxury tents, guided sunrise and sunset walks through the reserve and also great cuisines and wines. This is the perfect honeymoon destination or special occasion trip for couples.
Luxury Hotels and Resorts: There are plenty of world-class star hotels and resorts in Cape Town and Johannesburg, with all the stylish facilities that one can imagine. Opulent rooms and suites, gourmet cuisine, leisure and entertainment centers to match the best in the world, tour and safari packages, plush transportation and great service are only to be expected in such locations. Cape Town's Victoria and Albert Waterfront is the hub of many of these luxury hotels and they offer fabulous views of the famous Table Mountain and the busy, picturesque harbor. Cruises and helicopter rides round the Cape, live music and entertainment at the numerous bars, clubs and restaurants and trips to the numerous museums and cultural centers can be arranged.
Owner-Run Properties: These are smaller, private outfits that operate luxury or budget tours through their own properties. Guided safaris led by the owners themselves, or experienced and knowledgeable staff are the main attractions of these lodges. They usually offer boutique-type lodges, with spas/wellness centers, fine-dining and specialty features like butler/chauffeur/maid services. Additionally, they provide sustainable tourism opportunities and employment to the local community. The services here are highly personalized and ideal for a romantic, secluded holiday.
Wine and Garden Route: For the ultimate luxury, pick a winery on a private estate, with opulent accommodation in one of the colonial mansions owned and operated by the family. They usually offer a guided tour throughout the particular wine-growing region, tasting and gourmet cuisine to accompany the wines and the services of expert guides. Garden Route tours may be based in the magnificent old town of Knysna on the shores of the lagoon, with superb views of the dense forests and foothills. Shopping for local arts and crafts is an added bonus here.
When budget is not a constraint, there are plenty of luxury options for your South African vacation!